Falcons Reportedly Sign Star DT Grady Jarrett to 4-Year Deal

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 20:  Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett #97 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after the Seattle Seahawks missed a long field goal attempt in the last minute of the during the fourth quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field on November 20, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. The Falcons won the game 34-31.  (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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Just when it looked like Dan Quinn and the Atlanta Falcons were going into the season without their best run defender, Thomas Dimitroff swooped in at the 11th hour and got a deal done.

The Falcons have agreed on a four-year, $68 million contract with defensive tackle and run stuffer Grady Jarrett.

Jarrett slid to the fifth round in the 2015 NFL Draft despite a terrific career at Clemson. The son of former Falcons legend and borderline Hall of Fame linebacker Jesse Tuggle, Jarrett has 179 tackles and 14 sacks in four seasons as a Falcon.

Despite a reputation as a pure nose tackle, Jarrett has accumulated 29 quarterback hits in the last two seasons, in which he has emerged as a prototype for a pass-rushing 1 tech tackle.

You need to be able to pressure the quarterback if you want to play defensive tackle for Quinn, and Jarrett has certainly proven that he can do that at an elite level.

While he may not be on the level of Fletcher Cox or Aaron Donald, Jarrett deserved to get paid and now he's secured the bag.